For your pet to have a long, healthy life, it is important to ensure that they are protected from infectious diseases that can cause serious health issues or even death. Vaccinations are an important part of pet ownership, and in this guide to pet vaccinations, we explore how they work, how often they’re required and […]
Training your puppy or dog is vital to eliminate problem behaviour, stress at off-leash dog parks and any uncertainty around your dog’s ability to respond to your commands. Beginning training as early as possible will help instil good behaviour and social skills, making the relationship between you and your pooch an enjoyable one. Before you […]
Grass allergies in dogs are very common, however, some breeds are more prone to this allergy than others. Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Miniature Schnauzers, Pugs and Retrievers are a few breeds that are often diagnosed with grass allergies. If your dog is licking or scratching more than usual, it may be the first sign of an […]
Cats tend to shy away from people when they are ill, however watching your feline friend closely if you are concerned about their health is important. Here are some signs your cat may have a problem and its potential cause. Change in Activities Cats are generally active, playful creatures, that’s why a sudden change in […]
Cherry eye is a non-life threatening condition that can affect any dog at any time, however some breeds are more likely to develop it than others. It is a prolapsed gland of the third eyelid and results in the gland protruding out from its normal position down in the corner of the eye. Although it […]
Often, we forget that grooming our dogs is an essential part of keeping them healthy. This is particularly important if you have a breed with a thick or double coat. But paying someone to groom our dog monthly or even fortnightly can be an expensive exercise. In this blog we give you some tips to […]
Caring for a cat at the end of their life is a difficult time for any owner. Yet ensuring that your cat is comfortable and their pain is managed is imperative for quality of life in their final days. Here are our top 5 palliative care tips for cats. Pain management Ensure that your cat […]
Did you know your cat’s kidneys manage blood flow, eliminate waste from the blood and balance water, salts and acids, among other things? Unfortunately, kidney disease in cats is not uncommon. However, if treated early you can extend their life quality and expectancy. So how do you know if your cat has a kidney disease?
When your cat or dog is sick you may see a change in their appearance or behaviour. It’s these changes that may trigger you to become concerned. Although not all changes are due to illness, it’s best to be aware of what signs can indicate your pet is sick. Diarrhoea This may be one of […]
Unfortunately, hip dysplasia in dogs is common. However, it usually only affects certain breeds that are genetically prone to it. That’s why it’s important to understand hip dysplasia and how it affects your dog before you decide on a breed.
Taking your dog on holidays with you is the perfect way to bond, keep the kids entertained, and travel as a family. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to travelling with dogs.
Osteoarthritis is a common ailment in older pets. It’s caused by the deterioration of the cartilage in your pet’s joints as they age – and it leads to chronic inflammation, discomfort and pain. Signs of Osteoarthritis Lagging behind in walks Decrease in activity level Difficulty jumping or climbing stairs Limping or stiffness Difficulty getting up […]
It’s tempting to spoil our pets with treats – their enthusiasm and excitement for a tasty titbit will easily put a smile on your face. Unfortunately, weight has a horrible tendency of creeping up before getting noticed and – before you know it – your Veterinarian is telling you your furry friend is overweight. An […]
History This beautiful, large cat is an old breed originating in America. It’s thought they were brought to the American shores by sailors and bred with the local native cats, resulting in the Maine Coon breed we have today. Their semi-long hair helps them stay warm in the cold winter temperatures of Maine. They were […]
You’ve welcomed your new puppy to the family, and everyone is delighted with the new addition. Your puppy is now dependent on you for its health and protection. As you know – puppies are naturally curious and will be learning about themselves and their new environment by sniffing and chewing. Their explorations mean that […]
Dogs make fabulous walking buddies! Now that the Victorian weather is cooling, it’s a lovely time of year to get out with your favourite four-legged friend. Your dog’s excitement and enthusiasm for walking will make you smile, and you’re bound to have a great time. There are plenty of dog-friendly places you can visit in […]
Australia has one of the fastest growing vegan markets in the world. So much so that it is predicted the vegan food market will be worth $215 million by 2020 (Euromonitor International). The growth has been so strong that the meat and dairy industries are concerned that the fast-paced growth of plant-based diets will pose […]
A new puppy is bound to bring joy and excitement to your day but are you ready to accommodate your new best friend in your home and have you considered the cost of essential vet care such as pet vaccinations and desexing? Basic Steps to Consider when Welcoming a New Puppy Create […]
History We have Dr Truda Straede to thank for these gentle cats bred to suit the Australian bush. The Australian Mist is a good cat for those wanting to protect the local birdlife and wildlife as it is happy to be a predominantly indoor cat. They are derived from a large gene pool – […]
Heat stroke is often associated with dogs but heat stroke is a problem for cats too. If you’re facing hot summer days, it is wise to keep an eye on the well-being of your fluff balls. Heat stroke or heat stress is a very serious condition and is the result of cats not being able […]